Which former NFL coach is joining ESPN?


Which former NFL coach is joining ESPN?

From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, August 4, 2011

Former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini is joining ESPN as an NFL studioanalyst, the network has announced.Mangini, who coached in Cleveland for two years after three seasons in NewYork, will appear on several ESPN programs as well as ESPN Radio shows. Thenetwork says Thursday that Mangini, fired by the Browns after last season, willstart on Aug. 17. He worked as a guest analyst for ESPN during the NFL playoffs lastpostseason. Seth Markman, ESPNs senior coordinating producer for NFL studioshows, says Mangini is one of the smartest football people Ive ever beenaround.Never particularly candid or colorful, Mangini jokingly says hes perfectfor TV: With my reputation for access and ease with the media, it seems like anatural fit.

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

Pedroia returns to lineup as Sox look to extend winning streak to six

After leaving Thursday night's game in the fifth inning and missing Friday night's game, Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak to six in a 4:05 game against the Seattle Mariners.

Pedroia felt pain his left knee Thursday night and was taken out of the game by manager John Farrell as a precaution. The rainy conditions and wet field were also factors in keeping the second baseman out Thursday and Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on the knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked various confrontations between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Left-hander Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make his second start of the season for Boston and right-handed reliever Ben Taylor was optioned to the PawSox. Right-hander Rob Whalen, 23,  comes up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his first start of the season for the Mariners. 

The lineups:

Jean Segura SS
Danny Valencia 1B
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Taylor Motter LF
Guillermo Heredia RF
Mike Zunino C
Jarrod Dyson CF
Rob Whalen RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Deven Marrero 3B
Brian Johnson LHP